Training programs: EU states want to train Ukrainian soldiers

The EU states have agreed on a training mission for the Ukrainian armed forces.

Training programs: EU states want to train Ukrainian soldiers

The EU states have agreed on a training mission for the Ukrainian armed forces. The committee of permanent representatives of the 27 member states unanimously approved plans in Brussels on Friday that provide for training programs for around 15,000 soldiers, as several diplomats from the German Press Agency confirmed. They are to be formally confirmed at a meeting of foreign ministers on Monday.

To minimize the risk of Russia attacking the training mission, training is not organized in Ukraine, but in countries such as Poland and Germany. Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht recently said that Germany would make a significant contribution to the mission. According to information from EU circles, the Bundeswehr is to train up to 5,000 Ukrainian soldiers in the next few months.

On specific request

A senior EU official said on Friday that the plans were based on a specific request from Ukraine. The first training programs should start as early as mid-November. Specifically, according to them, it is planned to train 2,800 special forces and 12,000 regular Ukrainian soldiers. Among them were recruits, it said.

The mission is initially set to run for two years. According to diplomats, she will specifically train snipers and teach skills in areas such as mine clearance and medical services.

In view of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell discussed a new training program for the Ukrainian armed forces in August. Several EU states are already training Ukrainian soldiers on the basis of national agreements. Germany has recently been particularly involved in the areas of air defense and artillery. In addition, a proposal was drawn up together with the Netherlands on how mine countermeasures training could be strengthened.

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